The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was established in 1970 to preserve the naturally wild and beautiful Lake Superior islands in northern-most Wisconsin.
“The Friends” have supported the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore since 2002.

Latest News from the Friends

Sea Smoke: Winter in the air, and on the lake
Whatever the official definition of “sea smoke” is, it does not explain its effect on the human soul.
A Year to Remember: A letter from the Executive Directors and the Friends 2021 Annual Report
Read the 2021 Annual Report from the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Watch now: Friends receives 2021 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award Tuesday in Bayfield
The official presentation took place at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Washington Avenue beach in Bayfield.
Rescuers honored for saving capsized kayakers at mainland sea caves
When five to eight-foot waves swamped kayakers near the mainland sea caves late this summer, life-saving help arrived just in time.
Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore announces new board of directors co-chair
Kelley Linehan will work alongside Erica Peterson, who has been chair since 2014, and will take over the chair position in February 2022.
Volunteers prep Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden for a long winter’s nap and vibrant spring
Together they put in a combined 20 hours of work and it shows.
Watch: Historic flag raising ceremony at Little Sand Bay
For the first time since the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the flag of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was permanently raised over the park …
Lakeshore Logbook – Neil and Forrest Howk
The National Lakeshore is a family affair for Forrest Howk and his dad Neil. Read their Lakeshore Logbook entry to learn how they blazed some trails and made lots of …
Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore honored with 2021 Achievement Award
For "contributing significantly to the well-being of Lake Superior and its peoples," Lake Superior Magazine awarded its 2021 Achievement Award to Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Replica lighthouse skiff now on display at Raspberry Island Light Station
The Lightkeeper's Tender "Don A" is now on display in the Fog Signal Building at the Raspberry island Light Station. Over many years, volunteers at the Bayfield Maritime Museum poured …
Lakeshore Logbook – Susan Larsen and Sophie Howk
Father-daughter day at work takes on special meaning for the family members who wrote this week's Lakeshore Logbook entry.
Celebratory candles, commitment and cupcakes mark finale of 50th Anniversary festivities
On Saturday night, September 25, 2021 Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore held a candlelight ceremony on a Lake Superior beach to celebrate, to honor, and to recommit ourselves …
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We hope you’ve enjoyed the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We invite you to explore the coverage on our website as we plan for some exciting initiatives to start the next 50 years.

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Four pillars of the Friends mission


From the brand new amphitheater to board-walks and docks and approachable information, Friends works to improve accessibility to the Park for visitors of all abilities.
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Sand Lighthouse

Part of our mission is to help protect, preserve and share the rich history of the Apostle Islands for future generations.
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Meyers Beach Kayakers

We focus on practices and projects that safely enhance the visitor experience while encouraging a sense of adventure.
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We strive to build a foundation that ensures sustainable protection of all park resources – cultural and natural.
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Friends of the Apostle Islands
P.O. Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

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Show your love of the islands and support for the Friends by purchasing our beautiful annual Apostle Islands fine art prints.

Also, visit our 50th Anniversary store to see special commemorative gifts, many made by local artisans.